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Tropes pertaining to the many Nintendo characters (and others) as they appear in Brawl in the Family.

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A happy, adventurous, and voracious little puffball from the game series of the same name. Sort of the unofficial protagonist of the comic. He sees just about every other character as his friend or snack.

His personality remains practically the same as the anime's rendition, however Kirby has gained the ability to talk and fails to eat as much (after the first 50 comics or so, at least).

  • Adorkable: Sometimes in the comics that show him and Jigglypuff together. "Table Etiquette" is a good example.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The end of "The Sleepover, Part 4".
  • Big Brother Instinct/The Chessmaster: Got Meta Knight banned from Smash Bros. for the sole sake of keeping Dedede safe.
  • Big Eater: Naturally. Though not as much as in the games and such, since the comics have mostly tried to focus less on just "Kirby eats something" jokes.
  • Cheerful Child: If you interpret Kirby as a child.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally. For example, during the "A Mushroom Kingdom Carol" arc:
    Mario: Gee, there sure are some ugly people here.
    Kirby: Uh, this is the present. People can still hear you.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Naturally.
  • The Hero
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: During the Sleepover arc, he gets overexcited about the sleepover with Dedede and suggests all sorts of things they can do, such as doing their nails, gossiping, and having pillow fights.
  • Manipulative Bastard: But probably one of the most well-meaning ones around. For instance, he tricks Dedede into saying "I love you" so that Kirby has an excuse to hug him, and he impersonates Meta Knight to trick other people to hug the real thing.
  • Motor Mouth: "The Sleepover, Part 2" Also, before that, The "Dededoll"'s debut and the Smash-Up "TV Store".
  • Mysterious Past: Unlike the other characters who've had focus, where Kirby came from and how and why he became a hero is left unsaid. All that's known is that according to Meta Knight he first appeared when Dedede began stealing all the food and his arrival heralded a sudden shift in the balance of power in Dreamland.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: He can tell really scary stories, see Take Our Word for It below.
  • Original Generation: In-universe, at least. As implied by the Cocoon Academy storyline.
  • The Quiet One: Zig-zagged; he alternates between talking as much as other characters, talking very little (such as saying only one word in a strip), and not talking at all.
  • Swallowed Whole: This is how he eats. It's implied that it's physically harmless, if mentally traumatizing, for the target in the long run.
  • Take Our Word for It: His turn at the scary story Round Robin. It must've been horrifying, if the others' reactions are a clue.
  • Visual Pun: He ate a Gordo and now he's gordo. Meta Knight even lampshades it before it even happens.

King Dedede
The self-proclaimed ruler of Dreamland and Kirby's rival. He always wants to "get" or otherwise inconvenience Kirby or someone else. This rarely works for him.

Dedede keeps the Jerkass personality from the anime, however here he comes off as close friends to Meta Knight, Kirby, and Adeleine; a Call-Back to Crystal Shards, where the last two were partners. A 10-Part comic, Cocoon Academy, reveals that he and Meta Knight were friends when they were children, which explains why Meta Knight never did anything to stop Dedede.

  • Adaptational Heroism: While Dedede was never particularly evil in the games, Brawl In the Family gave him a origin story that explains how he managed to become a self-centered Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Ganondorf taught Dedede that ambition was a heroic trait, and apparently he took this to heart.
  • The Big Guy: Most of the time, especially in Return to Dreamland comics.
  • Butt-Monkey, when Luigi's not around.
  • Crossover Ship: invoked With Samus, though the feeling is not mutual.
    • Also with a Prinplup in the Holiday Vacation arc. It too isn't mutual because it only used an Attraction move and was seeing a Ditto.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He does this more than anyone else, although to be fair, Meta Knight isn't around half the time.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Apart from eating everything, no one's sure why Dedede's after Kirby; apart from regular bouts and game-wise Brawling. As for Christmas, he steals everything from the Brawlers for the same reason the Grinch did... every year.
  • Drop the Hammer
  • Enemy Mine: Tries to pull this with Meta Knight to get Kirby, though Meta Knight often doesn't care.
  • Everything's Better with Royal, Blue Penguins
  • Jerkass: One of the differences between him and Kirby.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, he seems to actually care about Kirby and consider him a friend to an extent; a few comics imply (or outright show) that the two hang out often at each other's houses, and in comic 416 he's shown being pretty nice to Kirby and walking away with him.
  • Not So Different: Told by Meta Knight that he and Kirby are not very different when you get down to it.
  • Only Sane Man: Granted, most characters get this, but it's usually King Dedede who reacts this way to the "cuteness" around him.
  • Pokémon Speak: From Red's perspective.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: If his royalty is legitimate, that is.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: His relationship with Kirby could be seen this way.
  • Start of Darkness: When he discovered his ability for commanding others in the Cocoon Academy arc.
  • Unknown Rival: To Kirby, who treats him as a friend.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to have a Type 2 relationship with Meta Knight. Also with Kirby, but Kirby treats him as a regular friend rather than this.

Meta Knight
A mysterious figure with a mask and a cape who tries to keep to himself whenever he's not harassed by his friends. Or rather people who think of him as one of their friends.

He has little patience for jokes here, and he doesn't actually want to have friends. However, forcefully, he's become friends with the other main characters.

Kirby's female and human companion from Kirby 64. She likes to paint and hang out with Kirby and the others, and is one of the few who almost completely tolerates King Dedede.

  • Art Initiates Life
  • Ascended Extra: Considering her small role in the actual series... This is lampshaded at least once.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Subverted in the Gooey Bomb arc; while Meta Knight and Dedede are glued to her canvas, she willingly sticks around, even if she isn't stuck to the Gooey Bomb herself.
  • O.C. Stand-in: While few of the characters got much characterization in the games, Canon!Adeleine is even less developed than Meta Knight, Dedede, or even Kirby himself. Not so in BiTF.
  • Out of Focus: For a good while she didn't appear as constantly as before, partially due to a combination of less Kirby-centric comics and Jigglypuff getting more screentime. Lampshaded during the Dream Land arc, where due to not canonically appearing during the game, she's instead shown waiting at home for any word from Kirby and the others.
  • Ship Tease: She called Meta Knight sweet at the end of the Cocoon Academy story arc, also asking him to show how handsome he truly is as early as their second real appearance together.note 
    • Strengthened by the fact that the two have appeared as a pair more times than you'd think. note 
    • Volume 3 of the books turns it into full-on Shipping, Matthew apparently having the ship grow on him:
      Matthew Taranto (2012): ...Nor do I intend on having her and Meta Knight going out or whatever! Continued 
      Matthew Taranto (2016): Oh, so?
      • If that picture isn't enough, read on: By the end of the 10-page poem in said book, Adeleine has successfully retrieved Meta Knight's mask from a well (presumably dedicating most of the night to the task). Then, she also paints "To my pal, love Adeleine" on the inside. And it isn't meant for a gag, as comic 55 - "Nap". Don't get it?  Meta Knight's reaction? He is ecstatic, fully understanding and fine with the message being there for the rest of his life, him only needing to shift his gaze up or down to see it. Or, as the exact text says...  Needless to say, if something like that happens, you know you're witnessing a big ship.
    • Precocious Crush: Considering he's a generation older than her. meta-note 
  • The Smurfette Principle: One of the few prominent female characters, and for a long time one the only female character to get a profile.
  • Volumetric Mouth: At the end of "Doppelgangers".
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Her optimism is how she's able to consider Dedede a friend, despite actually being aware of his tendencies (unlike Kirby, who's just oblivious).

Waddle Dee
King Dedede's loyal servant, based on the Waddle Dee with a bandanna in Kirby Superstar Ultra.

The hero of the Mushroom Kingdom, but with a bit of ego and a whole lot of Fridge Logic for his surroundings. Likely the character who gets the most attention in the comic, outside of the Kirby cast.

The brother of Mario who is equally Italian and good at jumping, but greener, thinner, taller, and less focused on.

  • Butt-Monkey: It's a joke that he could exist for this sole reason. Even he knows it.
    • Though defied in one instance with a Lakitu dropping a Spiny Egg on Mario.
    • And quite thoroughly defied in Luigi's Holiday Vacation, where he manages to be the hero and nothing bad happens to him at all.
  • Future Badass
  • Garfunkel: To Mario's Simon.
  • Irony: See Mario's entry.
  • The Juggernaut: In the Zelda universe, he just jumps on everything in his way, and uses a Star power-up to run right through Ganondorf.
  • Rated M for Manly: His seven-years-older self.
  • Screaming Warrior: When using a Star. Especially if he rips off his shirt beforehand. RAAAAA—!
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Luigi's Holiday Vacation. Luigi goes to Hyrule for a fresh start and a chance to be a hero. He gets mistaken for Link due to his green clothes, gets the Master Sword, fights bosses, defeats Ganon, and becomes the new Hero of Time and saves Hyrule. His Butt-Monkey status is finally defied.
    • Especially prevalent because this was the fourth part of a small series where various characters went to other worlds for vacations, and Luigi's was the only one where something bad didn't happen.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In Comic 510, everything goes Luigi's way for once... well, almost everything. After Luigi announced himself as finally being number 1, a blue shell flies towards him.

Mario's arch nemesis, the giant King of the Koopas frequently kidnaps Princess Peach and subsequently has Mario hand his shell to him on a platter.

A Pokémon who loves to sing, even though it puts people to sleep. She can be told apart from the average Jigglypuff by the flower in her hair. Kirby has a relationship with her.

Diddy Kong
Donkey Kong's nephew and little buddy. He's one of Kirby's best friends and also his lawyer.

Link is the main character of The Legend of Zelda series, and is usually in his Ocarina of Time incarnation (the adult version). He never speaks, but his facial expressions and Navi get the job done on that front.

Captain Falcon
A racer from the F-Zero series of games. Based off his portrayal in Super Smash Bros., with the same tendency to announce his last name and whatever attack he's doing. Or any verb he's doing, for that matter.

  • Amazon Chaser: Is seeing Samus, whose badassery prompts a "Falcon swoon" on their dinner date.
  • Calling Your Attacks: It is portrayed as a downright pathological problem for him. When trying to sneak up on his enemies, he is quickly discover because he keeps annoucing "FALCON SNEAK!" as he does so. When playing poker he loses, because he can't help but shouting "FALCON BLUFF!" despite trying to suppress it.
  • Confess in Confidence: Confessed his sins after Falcon Praying and accidentally destroying his church.
  • Crossover Ship: With Samus. invoked
  • Elemental Punch: Say it with me...
  • Large Ham: To say the very least.
  • Megaton Punch: The Falcon Punch, obviously.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Has a tendency to break things that he shouldn't, but what really takes the cake is the time he punched Snake, causing him to black out and fail to save the world from something else going on at the time.
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Religious Bruiser: As his profile puts it, "a confirmed Roman Catholic". He even made his comic debut in church.
  • With Catlike Tread: "FALCON SNEAK!"

The hero(ine) of the Metroid games.

  • Action Girl
  • Cross Over Ship: With Captain Falcon. Implied that Dedede has a crush on her too.
  • Megaton Punch: She and Captain Falcon deliver a synchronized one to an overly amorous Snake in the "Snake in the Grass" arc. Poor guy never stood a chance.
  • Only Sane Woman: Arguably one of the more normal characters in the comic.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Despite being the trope namer, it's actually averted here. She's seen out of her Power Suit frequently.
    • Played straight to Mega Man, though. Not that Samus is a girl, per se, but that she's a girl human, not a robot.
  • Whip It Good: Her preferred method of silencing unruly students, back during the Cocoon Academy arc.

The star of the Kid Icarus series. Made a few appearances in early comics, but the release of Kid Icarus: Uprising has boosted his role to a main character. When he’s not taking advantage of opportunities for adventure and challenge–he does love testing that Intensity Cauldron–he spends his free time kicking back and shooting the breeze with Lady Palutena.

A janitor who cleans up the levels in the Mushroom Kingdom after Mario goes through them. He has a history of cleaning and being randomly attacked by the scenery. He worships Mario.


    Other Characters 

Kingsonnn Dededoo

A penguin who looks like Dedede and cleans clocks and teeth.

The Sun

Solid Snake

Princess Daisy

  • Odd Friendship: With Waluigi.
  • Only Sane Man: She's one of the more normal characters.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Her relationship with Luigi started out resembling the actual Mario canon's extreme ambiguity. It becomes more explicit over time. By the Christmas '12 strip, she seems to be living with him (or at least has keys to the house). And they're married with a large family in the "Mushroom Kingdom Carol" future.
    • Tragically inverted with Waluigi, in the final April Fools comic. She can only take so much, it appears.

Captain Olimar

  • Bad Boss: Puts the Pikmin through deadly situations just to get back his bumper sticker. Though really, it's not much of an exaggeration from the actual games.
  • Butt-Monkey: His Pikmin are this as well. Olimar's gotten beaten up by Snake, and thrown off a ledge by his Pikmin. His Pikmin have become salad at one point, got the bumper sticker as mentioned above, and got blown up by Snake's explosives at one point.

Bug Catcher

A young Pokemon Trainer who tends to boast and challenge anyone to Pokemon Battles, while actually not being very good at them.


  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Subverted, but for Ganon. The people of Dream Land don't mind him trying to take over.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He teaches young Dedede that ambition is essential to heroism. Given how both of them turn out...
  • Brick Joke: In one 2010 Christmas comic, he sings about wanting the Triforce. The next year, Tingle gives him the Triforce at a Secret Santa party.
  • Cargo Ship: In-universe. He really seems to have a thing for the Triforce.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Very likely unintentional, but he looks a lot like James Hetfield here.
  • Fallen Hero: He really wasn't such a bad guy when he was teaching at Cocoon Academy.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: More like a Bad Angel and Worse Angel.
  • Slasher Smile: When he hears that King Dedede's castle is empty, thus available for conquering.

Sonic the Hedgehog



  • Drunk on Milk: Has been seen downing orange juice like it was whiskey.
  • Stepford Smiler: Behind that cheery face likes a jaded, cynical wreck of a mayor who has grown sick of the residents.

Dark Matter

  • Dark Is Evil: An evil hive-mind that immediately tries to destroy it's current surroundings.
  • The Cameo: Not Dark Matter itself, but Zero Two makes a very brief appearance in a vision when Meta Knight explains his resolve to protect Dream Land from future threats.
  • Demonic Possession: Just like what it's capable of in Dream Land. Most notably, it's responsible for the creation of both Meta Knight and Crazy Hand in this continuity.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Par of the course from its home series, with E. Gadd comparing it to a corrosive, demonic substance. Shortly after being introduced, it wastes no time trying to destroy the Cocoon Academy.

Matthew Taranto

The author and artist himself, inserted into his own comics. Seems to only appear in the occasional announcement comic.

  • Alliterative Family: He, his siblings, and father all have M names.
  • Author Avatar
  • Butt-Monkey: Takes some form of abuse or bad luck in all of his appearances so far, except comic 416.
  • Happily Married: As of comic 416.
  • Jaw Drop: When he sees the comic Dedede made.
  • Lazy Bum: In one appearance, he states that he doesn't feel like making comics that week due to it being his birthday, so he passed the job onto his brother, sister, father, and fiancee so he could sleep. Ironically, it ended up being more work trying to get them to make their comics than it did to draw some himself.
  • Self-Deprecation: Usually depicted as being lazy, despite being basically the creator of the entire comic.

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